News: Culture Media and Sport Committee Publishes Lawyers’ Correspondence

30 07 2011

Yesterday the Culture Media and Sport Committee deferred its decision to recall James Murdoch pending further information being sought from inter alia former employees of News International.

In the meantime the Committee has published on its website letters received by Jon Chapman formerNews International  Head of Legal Affairs and Messrs Harbottle and Lewis, these are available here and here.

Chapman’s letter refers to serious inaccuracies in statements made to Select Committee in evidence and that he is taking advice from his lawyers on these matters and the question of the ongoing investigation by the police. Subject to that, he said he would be “delighted to cooperate fully” with the Committee.

In its letter of 21 July 2011 to the Committee, Harbottle and Lewis record that Linklaters “now acting for News Corps and News International” have sent an email confirming a limited waiver of privilege, limited to responding to the police and any relevant Parliamentary Committee. It appears therefore that there may be further detailed response from that firm.

No suggestion has so far been made that legal privilege has already be waived in 2009 by the release by News International of the the Harbottle and Lewis letter of advice dated 29 May 2007 and produced to the 2009 Select Committee and published in its report at EV 467. News International also submitted other written evidence at EV464, EV469 and EV482.

It  now appears that Newscorps/ News International/ Newsgroup Newspapers Limited  are currently instructing the solicitors’ firms Farrers,  Olswangs, BCL Burton Copeland and Linklaters LLP.

The New York Times yesterday published an article about the genesis of the Harbottle and Lewis letter of advice produced to the 2009 Select Committee and the content of the 2500 emails.

About these ads

Actions

Information

2 responses

5 08 2011
Meeja Law mop up: Parliamentary satire; super injunction data; Morgan and Mills | media law & ethics

[…] Inforrm>>News: Culture Media and Sport Committee Publishes Lawyers’ Correspondence […]

22 10 2011
Media law mop up: Parliamentary satire; super injunction data; Morgan and Mills | Media law and ethics

[…] Inforrm>>News: Culture Media and Sport Committee Publishes Lawyers’ Correspondence […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s




Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 3,998 other followers

%d bloggers like this: